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Open Access A Preliminary Investigation: The Effect of String Class Instruction on Fine Motor Coordination Skills

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The purpose of this study was to determine if learning to perform on a string instrument as a secondary instrument would increase fine motor coordination skills. Twenty-one (21) subjects participated in this study. Each subject was tested individually three times over the course of two semesters using a 9-hole pegboard test of fine motor coordination. The results of the study were not at all surprising. All of the subjects increased their motor skills from the pre tested mean of 14.6 seconds in both hands to means of M=12.31 and M=11.89 for the midpoint and final test trials respectively. However, the difference between the mid point and the final testing were not statistically significant. Continued research in this area is needed for all age and experience levels.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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